January 13, 2013 2 Comments
The Hall of Fame’s failure to elect anyone from the unusually long list of talented players on this year’s ballot has prompted a lot of complaints, so it gives me a chance to complain about the Hall, too. Why are the voters focused so exclusively on career numbers? Just as it isn’t the Hall of Virtue, it also isn’t the Hall of Accounting. Honoring only those who compiled big stats prevents the Hall from acknowledging some of the greatest contributions to the game. Here are a few of the players whose short-term accomplishments should qualify them for Cooperstown.